When trauma to the brain or spinal cord occurs, the resulting nerve damage can lead to paralysis. This type of injury can be the result of a botched surgery or another medical procedure. It can even affect the most innocent among us—infants during the labor and delivery process. When a mistake is made during delivery, the baby may suffer cerebral palsy and paralysis at birth due to medical negligence.
When doctors fail to do their jobs and don’t monitor patients correctly, patients can suffer serious injuries that can affect them for life. For instance, partial paralysis (also known as incomplete paralysis) may be the result of such negligence.
What Is Partial Paralysis?
This type of paralysis can occur when the brain or nervous system is damaged and the ability to fully control certain muscles is lost. When this happens, a person may suffer weakness in a limb or another part of the body but has not lost sensation. According to brainandspinalcord.org, “partial paralysis is characterized by some movement or sensation in affected muscles or muscle groups.” For example, a person with partial paralysis may be unable to move an arm but can still experience feeling in that part of the body.
Effects of Partial Paralysis
Whether someone suffers partial or complete paralysis, he can suffer devastating lifelong effects. For instance, major adjustments such as wheelchairs, bedrails, a ramp to one’s home, home modifications, and in-home care could be required. Even grooming, driving, or cooking are often out of the question for an individual with partial paralysis. As a result, the victim may no longer be able to work as he once did and may need a caregiver for the rest of his life.
If you believe you became paralyzed due to a doctor’s negligence, you may have a claim for medical malpractice. You may have a right to collect compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Our law firm can review your medical records and explain your options in a free consultation.